Why West Ham are right in deciding to offload Jack Wilshere
According to The Times, West Ham are looking to offload former England international Jack Wilshere ahead of the new season. The report suggests that the Hammers are trying to convince the midfielder to buy out the final year of his contract as they plan to take his huge wage structure off their books.
Born in England, Wilshere started his journey with Luton Town before rising through the ranks of Arsenal. He made his debut for the Gunners in the 2008/09 campaign but struggled for regular game time initially and went on a loan spell to Bolton. Upon his return, he became a key figure of the squad and also helped his side lift two FA Cup titles.
However, injuries have been a major concern for the midfielder and his progress was hampered. He managed to make just 198 appearances during his time with Arsenal and after another loan spell with Bournemouth, he was sold to West Ham.
Due to injuries, once again he failed to make his mark with the Hammers as he managed to make just 6 starts in two seasons with the club.
Wilshere seems surplus to the requirements of West Ham
Despite having a plethora of midfield talents in their ranks, the Hammers have been inconsistent throughout the campaign. David Moyes’ men managed to secure top-flight status in the penultimate game of the season and that showed their lack of intensity.
At the moment, they have several midfielders in their ranks. Mark Noble has been ever-present in the middle of the park, leading the side. Declan Rice has also been brilliant throughout the campaign. Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals are available in the creative department and Josh Cullen has returned from a loan spell with Charlton Athletic.
Moreover, they have also signed Tomas Soucek on a permanent basis. The Czech Republic international was lively in the second half of the campaign and looks set to be a regular starter next season. Thus, offloading Wilshere would be the right decision by the club.
The former English international has been surplus to their requirements and has barely featured in the last two seasons. His injuries have been a huge concern and Wilshere wouldn’t have much to offer in the Hammers’ future.
Keeping him would also make them waste their resources as he earns £100,000-a-week.
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Though he is only 28, he seems to be far from his best days. Thus, West Ham’s decision to sell him would be helpful for both the club and the player himself. Wilshere can look to revive his career elsewhere as it doesn’t look likely he would get his opportunities under Moyes.